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Juliette Kayyem Jumps Into Massachusetts Governor Race

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 11:54 AM

Juliette Kayyem, a former state and national level homeland security adviser, announced on Wednesday she is running for Massachusetts governor.

Kayyem, a Democrat, joins a growing list of candidates hoping to succeed Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, who is not seeking a third term and will leave office at the end of 2014, The Associated Press reported.

"It’s really about not wishing for the past, not thinking about what might have been, but how Massachusetts should be — and preparing for that. And that’s what I’ve done all my career," she said in an interview with Boston.com on Wednesday.

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In the 30-minute telephone interview with the Globe, Kayyem said her campaign's focus will be "on integrating technology into education; developing the state’s infrastructure, from ports to broadband to clean energy; and focusing on how to make the state adaptable to the consequences of climate change."

On Tuesday, Kayyem filed a statement of organization with OCPF that allows her to open a fundraising account and names Christopher Wyett of Newton as treasurer of her campaign committee.

The Cambridge resident most recently served as assistant secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where according to her official Kennedy School biography she helped coordinate planning between state and local officials on a variety of issues including immigration and intelligence sharing.

She also helped manage the government’s response to major events, including the BP Gulf oil spill.

Before joining President Barack Obama’s administration, Kayyem was an undersecretary for homeland security for Patrick in Massachusetts.

She has also been a columnist for The Boston Globe.

Democrats who have officially announced plans to run for governor include state Treasurer Steven Grossman, state Sen. Dan Wolf of Cape Cod, Newton physician and former Obama health care policy official Don Berwick, and former Wellesley selectmen and biotechnology industry executive Joseph Avellone.

Other Democrats still weighing runs include state Attorney General Martha Coakley, U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.

On the Republican side, Charles Baker, former chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the 2010 Republican nominee for governor, is considering another run for the job.

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Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has also said he will decide soon whether to be a candidate for governor.

Brown, who in 2012 lost to Democratic challenger and current Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is also said to be mulling a White House run in the 2016 Presidential race, having recently attended the Iowa State Fair, a state that's early caucus is key for any potential candidate.

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